[ pop-yuh-ler ]
/ ˈpɒp yə lər /


Origin of popular

1375–1425; late Middle English populer < Latin populāris. See people, -ar1
1 favorite, approved, liked.
Related forms
Can be confusedpoplar popular

Synonym study

5. See general.
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British Dictionary definitions for semi-popular


/ (ˈpɒpjʊlə) /


appealing to the general public; widely favoured or admired
favoured by an individual or limited groupI'm not very popular with her
connected with, representing, or prevailing among the general public; commonpopular discontent
appealing to or comprehensible to the laymana popular lecture on physics


(usually plural) cheap newspapers with mass circulation; the popular pressAlso shortened to: pops
Derived Formspopularity (ˌpɒpjʊˈlærɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for popular

C15: from Latin populāris belonging to the people, democratic, from populus people
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Word Origin and History for semi-popular



early 15c., "public," from Middle French populier (Modern French populaire) and directly from Latin popularis "belonging to the people, general, common; devoted to or accepted by the people; democratic," from populus "people" (see people (n.)).

Meaning "suited to ordinary people" is from 1570s in English; hence, of prices, "low, affordable to average persons" (1859). Meaning "well-liked, admired by the people" is attested from c.1600. Of art, entertainment, etc., "favored by people generally" from 1819 (popular song). Related: Popularly. Popular Front "coalition of Communists, Socialists, and radicals" is from 1936, first in a French context.

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